The Port of Oakland announced the appointment of Colleen Liang to spearhead its Environmental Programs and Planning division. Since joining the Port's environmental team in 2000, Liang has climbed the rungs, most recently serving as the acting Director of EP&P, today she helms the directorship with over two decades of tenure, according to a statement released by the Port of Oakland.
In her elevated position, Liang is tasked with advancing the port's green agenda, such as its zero emissions program and environmental compliance. Her management also extends to hazardous waste materials planning and permitting, as well as seeking out grant funding opportunities aimed at bolstering zero emissions and sustainable projects. "I am truly honored to be given the opportunity to lead a great team in the Environmental Programs and Planning division and oversee the Port's stewardship of the Oakland waterfront," Liang enthused with a vision for pushing the boundaries of environmental innovation at the Port of Oakland.
Liang's portfolio also encompasses land use and transportation planning, where she will manage the port's resilience against environmental challenges like sea level rise and groundwater intrusion, while also refreshing the sustainability programs to brace for a future where resilience and sustainability intertwine. "It is important to me to continue building on the Port’s momentum of environmental innovation and sustainability," she affirmed, marking her commitment to an eco-conscious blueprint for the Oakland waterfront.
An alumna of the University of California, Irvine, Liang holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Ecology, her professional journey is complemented by her long-standing association with the Port's Asian Employees Association, as well as leading a local girl scout troop in her spare time. Juggling her family life with her environmental endeavors, Liang seeks to impart the message of sustainable living from the boardroom to the community.